Absec Supports Giving Priority To Kinship/family Placements In Nsw

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15th October 2009, 01:05pm - Views: 762

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AbSec supports giving priority to Kinship/Family placements in NSW.

The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec)

believes that

Community Services (DoCS) has it right when giving priority to considering kinship placements for

Aboriginal Children in the care system. Whilst it is everybody’s wish that all children in the system

be placed to avoid physical and emotional harm, it has been acknowledged on many occasions

over many years, that previous government policies of placing Aboriginal children in non-Aboriginal

foster placements and institutions has led to a legacy of “culturally” damaged Aboriginal adults.

AbSec is dismayed at the ongoing attacks from parts of the media and other sectors which attempt

to diminish the importance of kinship care. 

The current Minister of Community Services, Linda Burney has shown a commitment to developing

a better system to “Keep Them Safe” as recommended by Justice James Wood. Those

recommendations included better adherence to s.13 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and

Protection) Act as related to the Aboriginal Placement Principle which emphasises the importance

of kinship care.

AbSec believes that if appropriate Police/Working with Children checks

are undertaken,


assessments of prospective family/kinship carers are made and adequate and equal supports are

provided - then not only can kinship carers provide a safe, loving environment for the child but can

achieve better long term outcomes. These benefits include


Aboriginal children connected

to their culture and community -

thereby avoiding another “lost” generation of Aboriginal people

transferring trans-generational trauma.  

At a recent community forum for Keep Them Safe, Minister Burney said, “As Commissioner Wood

said after his enquiry, we all need to share responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of children –

parents, families and the whole community. When a child has to be removed, the most important

thing is a safe, stable, long term placement.  If extended family are assessed as suitable that is

often the best option.”

Bill Pritchard the CEO of AbSec said, “Reforming the system doesn’t mean we have to revert to

past damaging practices. No child protection system is perfect but the acknowledgement of past

damages done to Aboriginal people should enlighten the broader community’s thinking when

considering placing Aboriginal children with non-Aboriginal foster carers.  We fully support the

Minister and DoCS on this issue”.

For further comment:

Bill Pritchard - Executive Officer - mobile 0408 888 698

ph: 02 9264 0088 fax: 02 9264 0090 email eo@absec.org.au

The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) is the peak

NSW Aboriginal organisation giving voice to and supporting Aboriginal children, families

and their communities within the child and communities services sector.

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